Thursday, 31 August 2023 13:55

News & Notes: Week 8 Events at Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2023 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course will continue through Monday, Sept. 4. Racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, apart from the final week, when the meet will conclude on Labor Day. Admission gates will open for live racing at 11 a.m. First post time is 1:10 p.m. with exceptions for Travers Days and closing weekend; Travers Day gates will open at 7 a.m. 

Week 8 Stake Races 

*Mondays and Tuesdays = Dark Days. No racing. 

Saratoga Live presents daily coverage of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course on FOX Sports. For the complete Saratoga Live broadcast schedule, and additional programming information, visit

Friday, August 25 

G1 Personal Ensign: F&M 4&UP, 1 1/8 - Dirt, Purse $500,000

Smart N Fancy: F&M 4&UP, 5 1/2 Furlongs - Turf, Purse $150,000

Saturday, August 26

GI Ballerina (BC): F&M 3&UP, 7 Furlongs - Dirt, Purse $500,000

GI Forego: 4&UP, 7 Furlongs - Dirt, Purse $500,000

G1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial: 3YO, 7 Furlongs - Dirt, Purse $500,000

G1 Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer (BC): 3&UP, 1 1/2- Turf, Purse $750,000

G1 Travers: 3YO, 1 1/4 - Dirt, Purse $1,250,000

Sunday, August 27

Albany (NYB): 3YO, 1 1/8 - Dirt, Purse $250,000

Fleet Indian (NYB): F3YO, 1 1/8 - Dirt, Purse $200,000

Funny Cide (NYB) presented by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital: 2YO, 6 Furlongs- Dirt, Purse $200,000

Seeking the Ante (NYB): F2YO, 6 Furlongs- Dirt, Purse $200,000

West Point presented by Trustco Bank (NYB): 3&UP, 1 1/16- Turf, Purse $200,000

Yaddo Handicap (NYB): F&M 3&UP, 1 1/16- Turf, Purse $200,000 

Wednesday, August 30

P. G. Johnson: F2YO, 1 1/16 - Turf, Purse $150,000

Thursday, August 31

GIII With Anticipation: 2YO, 1 1/16 - Turf, Purse $175,000

Community Outreach Booth

As part of NYRA’s season-long commitment to spreading awareness of local non-profits, NYRA will again host one organization each day in the Community Outreach Booth, located adjacent to the Jockey Silks Room, inside Gate B. 

Friday, August 25: Moreau Lake State Park and Grant Cottage

Saturday, August 26: Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.)

Sunday, August 27: Old Friends at Cabin Creek Thoroughbred Retirement Farm

Wednesday, August 30: Saratoga Children’s Museum

Thursday, August 31: Center for Disability Services 

Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage

The Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage will host live musical performances each afternoon of the season from popular local and regional bands. This year’s summer music stage is presented by Purdy’s Discount Wine & Liquor in Saratoga Springs.

Friday, August 25: North and South Dakotas

Saturday, August 26: Big Medicine, ILL Funk

Sunday, August 27: The Soul City Band

Wednesday, August 30: Hot Vox Trio

Thursday, August 31: The Steve Candlen Band

Fan Appreciation Week

Wednesday, August 30 - Monday, September 4

Saratoga will be saying “Thank you, fans!” with special offers on tickets, food and beverage, and hospitality during the final week of the season.

Breakfast at Saratoga

Breakfast at Saratoga welcomes guests to enjoy a morning buffet at The Porch with a view of the thoroughbreds training on the main track. Breakfast is available every live racing day from 7 to 9:30 a.m., excluding Travers Day and Labor Day. 

Fans can also go behind the scenes with a free, guided backstretch tram tour, driven by CDTA. Tram tours run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and depart from the clubhouse entrance approximately every 15 minutes. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are 45 minutes in length. Tours are available every live racing day with the exception of Travers Day and Labor Day.

SARATOGA Breakfast and Breeding Farm Tours

Every Wednesday - Friday 

Expanded for its second year, NYRA is continuing the Saratoga Breakfast and Breeding Farm Tour. Tours this year will be offered Wednesday through Friday throughout the meet. Wednesday tours will travel to Song Hill Thoroughbreds, while Thursday and Friday tours will visit Old Tavern Farm.

Guests will enjoy a buffet breakfast at Saratoga Race Course before taking a CDTA trolley to the designated farm, where they will participate in a 60- to 90-minute guided walking tour of a working thoroughbred breeding farm. Admission to the races in the afternoon is included in the package. Tickets, which are $85 for adults and $35 for children 12 and under, must be reserved in advance at

Taste NY Pavilion

Every Thursday - Sunday

New York-made food and beverages will be available for sample and purchase at the Taste NY Pavilion, located inside Gate A at the Top of the Stretch, where fans can enjoy New York craft beer, cider, wine, spirits, cheese, chocolate and gelato. This year marks a decade since the launch of the Taste NY program. 


Every Thursday And Sunday 

Horseplayers can enjoy the Saratoga Low Roller Contest held exclusively on-track every Thursday and Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Fans can pre-register on contest days outside the Miller Time Fourstardave Sports Bar. There is a $40 buy-in, of which $30 will go to the player’s bankroll and $10 to the prize pool. The winner will receive a Saratoga Low Roller championship T-shirt in addition to the cash prize.

Berkshire Bank Family Sundays

Every Sunday

The popular family-friendly weekly event features a wide variety of free activities, games, attractions and educational experiences from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, located inside Gate A near the Saratoga Race Course Box Office.


Every Sunday

Spend a Sunday at the races learning betting strategies and tips from expert handicappers in the Spa’s newest hospitality venue, the climate-controlled Paddock Suite. Guests will also be treated to a meet-and-greet with Saratoga Race Course’s rotating cast of on-track talent. Tickets can be purchased through Fevo.


Every Sunday 

Fans are invited to enjoy a brunch buffet while experiencing The Rail at the 1863 Club, the first-floor banquet space at the 1863 Club. Tickets start at $100 and include admission, a table seat for the day, brunch buffet, soft drinks, two mimosa or Bloody Mary drink tickets per person, Post Parade program book, tax and gratuity. Reservations are available by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX or online at

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